Q & A

How to Treat Employer Contributions to ABLE Accounts

June 9, 2022    

Q An applicant has an ABLE account. He can provide proof that it is an ABLE account and documentation of its balance. Both the applicant and his employer put money into the account. ABLE accounts are not mentioned in the HUD Handbook. Do we...

PHA Didn't Send a Separate Notice to Vacate as Required by State Law

June 9, 2022    

In a recently decided case, a court found that a public housing agency (PHA) couldn’t evict a resident because the PHA didn’t strictly comply with the state’s notice-to-vacate requirements. Under Texas state law, for a tenant under a written lease, the owner must give the...

HUD Launches Affordable Housing Supply Initiative

June 9, 2022    

HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge recently announced “Our Way Home,” a new national initiative to increase and preserve affordable housing supply. As part of the initiative, HUD is seeking to learn from and elevate lessons from communities that are building and preserving affordable homes....

HUD Expands Asset-Building Support for HUD-Assisted Families

June 9, 2022    

HUD recently announced that it will publish a rule to implement changes to the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program. The FSS program promotes increased earnings and savings among families receiving HUD-funded rental assistance. To achieve this, FSS utilizes case management and financial...

White House Announces Reduced Internet Costs for Low-Income Households

May 11, 2022    

The White House and HUD recently announced an expansion of the FCC’s Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). As part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the legislators created the ACP, which allows tens of millions of American households to reduce their internet service costs by up to $...

HUD Lacks Adequate Procedures to Ensure PHAs Properly Process Reasonable Accommodation Requests

April 14, 2022    

HUD's Office of Inspector General (OIG) audited HUD's oversight of its PHAs’ reasonable accommodation policies and procedures. A reasonable accommodation is a change, exception, or adjustment to a rule, policy, practice, or service that may be necessary for a person with...

President’s Budget Proposes Major Hikes in Housing Funding

April 14, 2022    

The Biden administration recently released its budget request for fiscal year (FY) 2023. This signals the start of the appropriations process as Congress must now pass appropriations bills to provide money to carry out government programs for that year. The president’s budget proposal...

HUD Lays Out Its New 4-Year Strategy

April 14, 2022    

On March 28, HUD released its strategic plan for fiscal years 2022–2026. This document covers the department’s objectives and priorities for the next four years as well as its strategies for assessing and achieving those objectives.

Owner Didn't Provide Enough Details in Pre-Termination Notice

March 10, 2022    

In a recently decided case, an owner of a HUD-subsidized building failed to evict a resident because the owner’s pre-termination notice wasn’t specific enough. Owners must furnish a proper lease pre-termination notice letting residents know exactly what they did wrong. If the notice...

Report: LGBTQI+ Households and HUD-Assisted Housing

March 10, 2022    

HUD’s Office of Policy Development & Research recently posted new research from data gathered on the housing experiences of the LGBTQI+ community. This community is defined by HUD researchers as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and individuals whose orientations...

Housing Authority Can Evict Resident for Serious Nuisance Conduct

February 10, 2022    

The manager’s thorough documentation and testimony were key.

 

Report Highlights Need for Comprehensive, Well-Funded National Housing Policy

February 10, 2022    

After a cooldown early in the pandemic, rental housing demand has come back aggressively in the second year, reducing vacancy rates and driving up rents. So says Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) recently released annual “America’s Rental Housing 2022”...